Glasgow smile

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Actor Tommy Flanagan has the scars of a Glasgow smile from having been attacked outside a bar in Glasgow.[1]

A Glasgow smile (also known as a Chelsea smile, or a Glasgow grin, smiley, Huyton, A buck 50 or Cheshire grin) is a wound caused by making a cut from the corners of a victim's mouth up to the ears, leaving a scar in the shape of a smile.[2][3] Following this incision, the victim is usually kicked in the stomach or genitals, causing them to scream and thus tearing their face apart wider. The act is usually performed with a utility knife or a piece of broken glass, leaving a scar which causes the victim to appear to be smiling broadly. [4]

The practice is said to have originated in Glasgow, Scotland, in the 1920s and 30s.[5]

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  1. ^ Fretts, Bruce (12 November 2014). "Sons of Anarchy's Tommy Flanagan on Those Facial Scars, This Final Season, and Chibs". Vulture. New York. Retrieved 12 January 2019.
  2. ^ Mills, Rod (27 October 2008). "Surgeon Says Hospitals Treat a Knife Victim Every Six Hours". The Daily Express. Retrieved 20 November 2009.
  3. ^ Arlidge, John (24 April 1995). "City Slicker Glasgow". The Independent. London. Retrieved 20 November 2009.
  4. ^ Peter Ward Booth; Barry L. Eppley; Rainer Schmelzeisen (2003), Maxillofacial trauma and esthetic facial reconstruction, Churchill Livingstone, p. 555, ISBN 9780443071249
  5. ^ McKay, Reg (19 October 2007). "Razor gangs ruled the streets but even in the violence of pre-war years, one man stood out". Daily Record. Glasgow. Retrieved 12 January 2019.